USAP Patient Guide

What to Expect After the Procedure

What to Expect When You Arrive

• You will be taken to the recovery room where your vital signs will be monitored. Do not get out of bed alone as you may not be able to balance or support yourself. • Your comfort is important to us, so please let the nurses know if you experience pain or nausea so they can help treat it with medications and other measures like positioning. • The nurses will contact your support person when your procedure is complete. Once you are well enough, your support person will be able to visit you. • When you are able to go home will depend on your type of procedure, when your pain is under control, and when your vital signs are stable. Before leaving, you will be given discharge instructions for how to care for yourself post-procedure and what to do if you have any concerns or start to feel unwell.

• You will be asked to change into a hospital gown. No personal clothing or personal items will be allowed into the operating room.

• The pre-operative nurse will review your history, medications and allergies, and take your vital signs. An IV may be placed.

• If applicable, lab work or other tests may be conducted, and women of childbearing age may be screened for pregnancy.

• You will have the opportunity to meet with your anesthesia team before surgery.



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